In a good piece of news for UK fight fans, Carl Frampton’s 2nd defence of his IBF super bantamweight title against Mexico’s Alejandro Gonzalez Jr – that is to take place in El Paso, Texas on July 18th – is to be screened on terrestrial television, with ITV confirming they are to broadcast the bout. It will be screened prime time, starting at 9:45 pm (BST)
The channel, which has a historic association to the sport in the country, made a hugely successful return to it with Frampton’s sizzling maiden defence against brash American challenger Chris Avalos back in February. An audience of over 2 million viewers tuned in. Continue reading
Since that less than stellar performance against Eric Molina earlier this month, Alabama’s WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has taken a bit of a shellacking from all quarters, particularly from his fighting peers in the heavyweight division.
One man it seems more than any other, unbeaten Australian contender Lucas Browne, has been trading barbs with Wilder across social media as of late – the latest of the exchanges coming via a video Browne has released in relation to their ‘beef’. Continue reading
Ahead of their recent fights with James Kirkland and Daniel Geale respectively, PPV stars Canelo Alvarez and Miguel Cotto were already set to clash – and after both came through those fights in impressive, knockout fashion, the Mexico v Puerto Rico money spinning super-fight is looking good for November according to Cotto’s advisor Gabriel Penagaricano, who has spoken to ESPN Desportes.
“There is a lot of movement in every way.” he said of negotiations, which given the sheer revenue involved, is not a surprise – however an exact location for the bout is yet to be determined. Continue reading
Their rivalry has been simmering away for months now – and although for the time being at least , both men are pursuing different avenues – the war of words between Russian knockout artist Sergey Kovalev and lineal 175 lb champion Adonis Stevenson shows no sign of abating – with Kovalev coming up with a blunt alternative to his rival’s “Superman” moniker.
Adonis “Piece Of Sh**” Stevenson was his offering to ES news reporting.
Ohh-kay….. Continue reading
Michael Gerard Tyson was born in Brooklyn, New York, on the 30th of June 1966. His upbringing came on the streets of Bedford-Stuyvesant and Brownsville, the latter in particular a dangerous landscape littered with abandoned tenements. His single parent mother had children but no husband and little money. Tyson remembers her as a person incapable of much affection. At 12-years-old Tyson is carrying a gun, mixed up with drugs and violence, and running with the wrong crowd although – as he remembers – there was no other life available to people like him. Or so it seemed. Continue reading
“Boxing is like any industry, it can sometimes be who you know. And sometimes it’s just more of a game of chance. So when opportunities for big fights come along you’ve got to take them.”
These were the words of an elated Ryan Farrag, 13-1 (2KO’s), shortly after he learned he is set to face former world title challenger Stephane Jamoye, 28-6 (16KO’s), for the vacant European bantamweight belt, which the Belgian has held on two occasions. Continue reading
The debate on whether boxing is the premium combat sport over mixed martial arts is generally a hollow argument dressed in ignorance. After all, they are two vastly different fighting disciplines only linked by their mutually destructive aim of rendering an opponent unconscious. You are unlikely to wage an impassioned discussion of the respective merits of Rugby versus American football, so why afford the column inches to the tedious boxing – UFC dispute? Continue reading
Undefeated Welterweight World Champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (25-0, 21 KOs) is ready for his July 11 Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on ESPN fight, the first PBC fight on ESPN. Thurman will meet former world champion Luis Collazo (33-6, 19 KOs) on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT live from the USF Sun Dome in Tampa.
The 26-year-old Thurman, who kicked off the inaugural PBC card with a unanimous decision victory over Robert Guerrero, believes he is the best 147-pound boxer in the world.
“I am an evolutionary boxer,” Thurman said. “I change and grow with every camp, every fight, I am here to retain my title and become the undisputed, true welterweight champ.” Continue reading
After much media speculation over his public indecision and desire to stage a return to the ring at the age of 42, former 6 weight world champ and modern great Oscar De La Hoya has finally decided to officially rule out the idea, releasing a statement via his official Facebook account that should finally put paid to any further gossip in relation to any potential in-ring resurrection.
The “Golden Boy”, who now enjoys his position as CEO of his eponymous promotional company, said;
“Over the last 6 months I’ve had a front row seat as Golden Boy fighters including Canelo Alvarez, Bernard Hopkins, Lucas Matthysse, Jorge Linares and David Lemieux have stepped into the ring and shown what boxing should all be about – a commitment to fight the best, respect the sport and put the fans first.” Continue reading
The circus that surrounds Floyd Mayweather’s potential opponent for his ‘final’ fight in September has been arguably led by one ‘ringmaster’ – a man who calls himself ‘King’, yet acts more like a Jester in terms of his very public chasing of the lucrative opportunity many – fighters and fans alike – consider him undeserving of.
I am of course talking about Britain’s Amir Khan, who in his ever desperate and public quest to get Floyd between the ropes, has told Ringcast.net that the future Hall of Fame Inductee is “messing his own legacy up” by ostensibly refusing to fight him on September 12th and opting for a ‘softer’ option. Continue reading